Microsoft to end Windows 10 support, may hit 240 million computers: Canalys Research

Microsoft Corp plans to end support for  Windows 10 operating system may leave about 240 million personal computers (PCs) in landfills.

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Canalys Research said 57 percent of partners expect the end of Windows 10 support to affect customers’ refresh plans in 2024, with one in three devices expected to be replaced in the next two years.

“Despite the channel’s growing capabilities to support circularity, partners will not be able to refurbish and resell PCs unsupported by Windows 11,” read the  Canalys Research website.

Canalys estimates that in the nearly two-year period until Microsoft’s official end-of-support date for Windows 10 – 14 October 2025 – roughly a fifth of devices will become e-waste due to incompatibility with the Windows 11 OS.

This equates to 240 million PCs. If these were all folded laptops, stacked one on top of another, they would make a pile 600km taller than the moon.

Many of the 240 million PCs will still be usable for years to come, but demand for devices no longer supported by Microsoft will be minimal – even companies with the tightest of IT budgets will be deterred by the lack of free and continued security updates.